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“It Was Devastating..”- Derek Jeter’s Wife Hannah Jeter Was Pained by Reluctantly Leaving a Budding Career to Ultimately Become a Top Model

Published 01/19/2023, 11:30 AM EST

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Legendary shortstop of the New York Yankees, Derek Jeter, has had a life full of success both on and off the field. In 2012, he met the love of his life, Hannah Jeter, and they eventually tied the knot in 2016. Their romance is the stuff of dreams, with the two supporting each other in all their endeavors.

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Hannah, like Derek, has a passion for sports, specifically tennis. She was discovered by a modeling agency while competing on the court and went on to grace the cover of the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Despite her success in the modeling world, Hannah regrets leaving her love for tennis behind and now hopes to get back to the sports in the future. 

Hannah Jeter’s love for Tennis


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Before becoming a supermodel, Hannah had a promising career as a tennis player. As a national-ranked junior player on the Caribbean circuit, she had begun using modeling gigs to pay for her training and equipment. 

However, when she was scouted by a modeling agency, she had to make a difficult decision to leave her tennis career behind. Though she’s found success in the modeling world, the wound of giving up her first love is still fresh. In 2021, she told the Editorialist, “It was devastating when I gave it up,” she says, adding that she hasn’t picked up a racket in years. “I don’t know how to play for fun, because I played to compete, to win. I hope one day I can get back into it. I think that would be sort of healing for me.”


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Hannah Jeter is also friends with the legendary Serena Williams. If she does decide to come back to tennis, the two would make a great duo on the court. 

Derek Jeter and Hannah Davis’ romance 

Hannah and Derek’s romance is the epitome of class and stability. Derek’s words at his Cooperstown Hall of Fame induction ceremony truly reflected the depth of his love for his wife. A little of what he said, “I couldn’t be luckier that our paths crossed when they did. I love you so much, and there’s been nothing more fulfilling in my life.” 


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When fate brought Derek Jeter and Hannah together through a mutual friend, it was a meeting of two kindred spirits. At the time, Hannah had no idea that Derek was a baseball legend. But their timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

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Written by:

Garima Verma


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Garima is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. She has recently graduated as a Master's student in Media and Communications. She is an avid reader and an ardent cinema fan.
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Abhishek Kumar